Migrants and diaspora communities are shaped by their use of information and communication technologies. This book explores the multifaceted role played by new media in the re-location of these groups of people, assisting them in their efforts to defeat nostalgia, construct new communities, and keep connected with their communities of origin. Furthermore, the book analyses the different ways in which migrants contribute, along with natives, in co-constructing contemporary societies – a process in which the cultures of both groups are considered. Drawing on contributions from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology and linguistics, it offers a more profound understanding of one of the most significant phenomena of contemporary international societies – the migration of nearly a billion people worldwide - and the relationship between technology and society.

chapter |17 pages


Migrations and Diasporas—Making Their World Elsewhere
ByLeopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent

part 1|43 pages

Conceptual Perspectives of Migrants in Post-Modern Societies

chapter 1|14 pages

New Media, Migrations and Culture

From Multi- to Interculture
ByGiuseppe Mantovani

chapter 2|14 pages

From English to New Englishes

Language Migration Towards New Paradigms1
ByMaria Bortoluzzi

chapter 3|13 pages

Frame Setting of Contestable Categories

The Construction of Multiracial Identity in the Mass Media
ByAlice Robbin

part 2|41 pages

Gender and Generation Intertwining with Migrations

chapter 4|13 pages

Grandmothers, Girlfriends and Big Men

The Gendered Geographies of Jamican Transnational Communication
ByHeather Horst

chapter 5|13 pages

Mobiles, Men and Migration

Mobile Communication and Everyday Multiculturalism in Australia
ByClifton Evers, Gerard Goggin

chapter 6|13 pages

Australian Migrant Children

ICT Use and the Construction of Future Lives
ByLelia Green, Nahid Kabir

part 3|49 pages

Looking at the Migrations and Diasporas Through the Lens of the New Media

chapter 7|17 pages

Diasporas, the New Media and the Globalized Homeland

ByRaul Pertierra

chapter 8|15 pages

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Meanings of Proximity and Togetherness in the Era of “Broadband Society”
ByHeike Mónika Greschke

chapter 9|15 pages

The Bulgarian-Language Media Diaspora

ByPolina Stoyanova, Lilia Raycheva

part 4|49 pages

Religion, Mobility and Social Policies

chapter 10|15 pages

“God is Technology”

Mediating the Sacred in the Congolese Disapora
ByDavid Garbin, and Manuel A. Vásquez

chapter 11|17 pages

Mediatized Migrants

Media Cultures and Communicative Networking in the Diaspora
ByAndreas Hepp, Cigdem Bozdag, Laura Suna

chapter 12|15 pages

ICT Adoption by Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe

Overview of Quantitative Evidence and Discussion of Drivers1
ByStefano Kluzer, Cristiano Codagnone

part 5|52 pages

A Case Study

chapter 13|11 pages

Migrant Workers, New Media Technologies and Decontextualization

A Preliminary Observation in Southern China
ByPui-lam Law

chapter 14|12 pages

Floating Workers and Mobile QQ

The Struggle in the Search for Roots
ByChung-tai Cheng

chapter 15|13 pages

Community Connections and ICT

The Chinese Community in Prato, Italy and Melbourne, Australia—Networks, ICTs and Chinese Diaspora
ByTom Denison, Graeme Johanson

chapter 16|14 pages

Imagining China

Online Expatriates as “Bridge Bloggers” on the Chinese Internet
ByDavid Kurt Herold